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Senior Museum Curator

Museum of Florida History, Florida Department of State, Tallahassee

Senior Museum Curator
Museum of Florida History
Tallahassee, Florida
Salary: $41,000.00 plus additional State benefits
Posting Closing Date: 04/22/2022

Job Summary
The Museum of Florida History is the state history museum in Tallahassee with a mission to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret the material record of human culture in Florida, and to promote and encourage knowledge and appreciation of Florida’s history throughout the state. The senior museum curator plays a significant role in accomplishing this mission. See specific duties and responsibilities below.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or higher in history, museum studies, public history, or other related field.
  • Two (2) years full-time working, interning, or volunteering in a museum, with at least one (1) year full-time working in exhibit planning and implementation.
  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing required museum work experience including exhibit planning and implementation.


  • Experience working in a history museum or historic house museum
  • Experience in planning and implementing historical exhibits
  • Experience in public speaking, writing, and editing for a general audience

Special Note:
Responses to qualifying questions must be clearly supported in your employment history.

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Description of Duties and Responsibilities:
Serves as curator or historian on exhibit and project teams; includes research, exhibit planning, initiating/negotiating/facilitating the loan or acquisition of artifacts and preparing/installing exhibit artifacts and writing interpretive material on historical topics, exhibits, and collections.

Prepares, reviews, and edits exhibit scripts, historical reports, brochures, newsletter articles and other printed materials; creates media presentations, and provides public presentations on Florida's history and material culture and on the care and preservation of collections.

Responds to public requests for information on objects in the collection, as well as historical information, object identification, and methods of preservation.

Serves on the Museum's Collections Committee, participating in the acquisition of artifacts for the Museum's collections and in discussions of their use and care; includes preparing preliminary research reports on new acquisitions.

Performs other work related duties as required, including assisting in the maintenance of museum collections, reference materials, and library.


Knowledge of American history, obtained through course work or on the job
Knowledge of museum terminology and programs
Knowledge of the basic principles of artifact care and conservation
Knowledge of personal computers and software
Knowledge of the principles and techniques of effective verbal and written communication
Knowledge of correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar usage
Ability to collect and maintain artifacts
Ability to analyze and interpret artifacts
Ability to photograph objects
Ability to proofread text for typewritten and grammatical errors and to make corrections
Ability to use correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar usage
Ability to use a computer for word processing, collections research, digital image data management, and preparation of exhibit plans and reports
Ability to organize information in a logical sequence
Ability to compose correspondence
Ability to handle telephone calls in a courteous and effective manner
Ability to work with other people on projects and teams
Ability to work independently
Ability to organize and maintain paper and electronic filing systems
Ability to follow established procedures

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS: A Level 2 criminal background check is a condition of employment. If selected for this position, you must provide your fingerprints. We will send your fingerprints to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a criminal background check.

We are committed to enhancing our workforce through the employment of Veterans, individuals with disabilities and seek qualified candidates from diverse cultures and backgrounds, abilities, skills, and talents to join our inclusive workforce.

Male applicants born on or after January 1, 1960, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website:

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.

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